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Date Posted: 17:03:41 07/04/04 Sun
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: 6 mo. puppy barks 5-6 times at people & cars
In reply to: Kat 's message, "6 mo. puppy barks 5-6 times at people & cars" on 13:57:52 07/04/04 Sun

You didn't mention what type of dog you have. This actually matters as it can help better determine what type of barking you're dealing with.

Dogs bark for different reasons. Each reason has a different barking solution. Because I can't see your dog in action, it's hard for me to tell you what to do with the situation. If you use the a wrong correction, you can emotionally damage your dog.

I would recommend, as far as barking at people goes, that you have folks give your dog treats. You can take him to the park, with the park already rigged. Have friends, some who know you and your dog and some who don't, already be at the park and come up to you and your dog and offer your dog a REALLY good treat (steak, chicken, liver - good human food). At other times, always have good treats in your pockets and have strangers who are willing give your dog treats. Treat your dog yourself whenever he doesn't bark at people, etc. This won't work on all types of barking, but may help with excited barking and mild warning barking.

There are other options, too, but these could cause your dog emotional damage if used on the wrong type of barking. Dogs bark for excitement, territorial protection, boredom, as a warning, as a herding mechanism, etc. Some breeds were bred to bark - like Shelties who use their voice to herd. Different barking means different corrections.

As to the barking at cars, does he try to chase them as well? Again, knowing more about what he's doing during these barking episodes will help determine your best course of action.

Also, are you going to a professional trainer?

As to a signal for peeing, I use both hands, spread my fingers out and point all the fingers to the ground. I'm not sure this description really helps, but maybe you can get the idea. But, you can make up any signal that makes sense to you. There isn't a "Deaf Dog Dictionary," so you can make up what you'd like. Some folks to use the American Sign Language Dictionary to teach their dogs signs. You could see what urinate is in there.

Good luck!


>My puppy can heel, sit when I stop walking, can now
>down and knows good boy from hand signals. He is
>walked daily and I try to expose him to many
>situations. I was hoping that his barking at moving
>cars and people we meet on our walks would extinguish
>as we practice daily. It's pretty much the same. By
>the end of the walk (1-2 miles) he has decreased his
>amount of barking--maybe one woof or none, but the
>next day he starts again. I have tried having him sit
>and letting people come up to him (he still barks and
>stands) or having people stop and then he goes up to
>them and is quiet after barking at them. Does anyone
>have any ideas? I also need a signal for peeing (he
>does go in the same part of the yard--but what about
>anywhere else?) Any thoughts would be much
>appreciated! Thanks!

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